How to Make Homemade ID Badges

Make your own identification, or ID, badges for guests at a large gathering or make them for employees. Use a program that you probably already have on your computer or one that is available for free download to make a professional-looking ID badge. Instead of a laminating machine, use something that is much cheaper and easier to come by: contact paper.

Take a picture of yourself from the shoulders up, against a plain, light-coloured background with a digital camera or ask someone to take it for you. Take the memory card out of your camera and put it in your computer.

Open a simple graphic editing program or a word processing program. Create a new file and enter the size of 3 1/4 inches by 2 5/16 inches in the width and height boxes of the new file box.

Open the folder your photo is in on your computer and copy and paste it onto the new file you created in the program. Resize it by clicking on one of the corner boxes and dragging it until the photo takes up about 1/4 the size of the file. Click in the middle of the photo and drag it into the upper left corner of the file.

Select the text box tool in the program and click on the blank area to the right of your photo. Type your name and select an easy-to-read font from the font drop down box. Press enter to create a new line of text and type your position or role in the event you are attending. Save the file.

Load your printer with white card stock and print the ID badge you just made on the card stock. Cut it out with a pair of scissors.

Peel the backing from a sheet of clear contact paper and place the back of the ID badge on the adhesive side. Fold the contact paper over and smooth it against the front of the ID badge. Trim the excess contact paper from around the ID badge, about 1/8 inch from the edge of the card stock. Punch a hole close to the edge of the ID badge.

Squeeze the two sides of the opening of a lanyard hook to open it and feed the open end through the hole you punched in your homemade ID badge and through the loop at the bottom of a lanyard cord.


Do not try to mimic government-issued ID cards -- this is illegal.

Things You'll Need

  • Photo editing program or word processing program
  • Printer
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Contact paper
  • Lanyard hook
  • Lanyard cord
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Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.